The research study is aiming to compare two treatment programs that are thought to activate your body’s internal mechanisms of pain control. If you participate in this study you will be randomly allocated to receive one of these treatment programs.

Treatments include use of a computer program to pick whether a lower back in a picture is turned to the left or right, discussion of your low back pain experience, low intensity laser therapy, short wave diathermy, mental movement training (imagining doing some movements of your own lower back), actual movement training (completing activities that help you to perform tasks that matter to you with less pain and more efficiency, sensory training (locating where you are being touched on your back), and brain stimulation using electrical signals (transcranial direct current stimulation). Some of these treatments are in one treatment program, and some are in the other.

We do not know which of these treatment programs is better. We are attempting to find this out by doing this research study.resolve0203 (1)


You will be asked to complete one of two 12-week programs of treatment and some short assessments and questionnaires.

Each treatment session is one hour at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in Randwick, NSW and will occur once per week for 12 weeks, at a time that is convenient to you. You may be asked to do some practice between treatment sessions.

As part of the 12-week program, we will collect the same information from you before we begin, after 3 weeks, 7 weeks and at the end of the program; as well as 6 weeks and 3, 6 and 12 months after you have finished the program. These latter questionnaires are completed online, so you will need internet access.

You will not be required to stop any treatment that you are currently receiving for your low back pain.

Would you like to participate?

Are you between 18 and 70 years old, and currently suffering from low back pain that has lasted more than three months?

You might be eligible to participate in our NHMRC research project – the RESOLVE study – which aims to determine the effectiveness of two new treatments for persistent low back pain.

To participate, you will complete a course of 12 weekly sessions with a pain clinician at Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA), Barker Street, Randwick, 2031.

This service is completely free to you.

For further information please contact: Matt Bagg, Martin Rabey or Dr Markus Huebscher
T: 02 9399 1870